Merry Christmas

Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are extended without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, political affiliation, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee(s).

Xmas Update: The Queen’s annual Christmas message. Hey, it’s a tradition…



Filed under Musical Interludes, Personal Crap

27 responses to “Merry Christmas

  1. Barkman

    “………….low stress, non addictive……….”

    Sorry RT, the addictive rum part of that egg nog helps dull the pain due to the presence of annoying in-laws.

    Have a good one. Look forward to reading you into the New Year. 🙂

  2. Sure you haven’t left anything out? LOL

    All the best in the New Year. I have a girlfriend who’s very supersitious and she claims that odd years are bad years and even years are good years. If that’s true, 2010 should be much better. Let’s hope so.

  3. burpster

    Merry Winter Holiday, RT.

    I woke up to a $700 dollar furnace bill this morning, but luckily I have a garage full of beer to drowned my sorrow.

  4. TofKW

    Likewise, alcohol is absolutely necessary when forced to visit with my entire extended family over the next 36 hours. I find vodka with beer chasers (preferable a nice red ale) does the trick quite nicely.

    …and on that note I wish everyone a wonderful politically-correct holiday season.

  5. JAWL

    I am sorry I will no longer wish Win 95 nor 98 users any type of greetings and I definitely try to avoid the snooty Unix, Linux and SCO communities as well with all that higher education attitude. Really don’t know that many Vistas.

    For me it is the XP crowd. They’re older but a very staple group and of course who doesn’t loves the Macs. So Merry Xmas to them and you RT.

  6. Ti-Guy

    Merry Christmas to all but the trolls.

  7. counter-coulter

    Have a very Merry Christmans and a happy Boxing Day RT. All the best to you and yours this holiday season.

  8. Thanks everyone. Hope you all have a great one (in spite of broken furnaces, obnoxious relatives, and other such annoyances).

  9. Christ. Is it Christmas already? Why didn’t anybody tell me?

    Now, I expect to become the disappointed owner of a few gross of ugly paisley ties, sky-blue polyester socks, and clumsily knit pullovers. Anybody seeking to widen his Casual Fridays wardrobe options should get in touch with me…immediately.

  10. I love paisley ties! Haven’t worn a necktie in about 10 years and no longer have any button-down shirts, but still…

  11. sassy

    Happy Christmas & a very Merry New Year RT.

  12. toujoursdan

    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  13. you should write for hallmark, rt. sheesh.

    merry friday!


  14. hemmingforddogblog

    That was supposed to be a compliment, right KEvron? Merry Christmas, tout le monde!

  15. EM

    A pc Happy Festivus!

    Begin the season as you wish to go on through the year; pleasantly muddled and away from the deadly malls. ;0)

    Meilleurs souhaits de la saison, Red.

  16. i’ve “known” rt for six years, hemdog. i’ve earned chop-busting privileges.


  17. P. Drano

    Merry Christmas, Red Tory. I’ve really enjoyed the blog and (many of) the comments.

  18. Ti-Guy

    Chop-busting? I thought that was good-natured teasing.

  19. No offense taken here. 🙂

  20. Bazoo

    Merry Ho Ho, man.
    Here’s some aggressive modern prog I thought you might dig.

    Heavy stuff, but I think you’ll dig it. Sorry if I am off base. Try this great mellow proggy folk one if the former is too feisty:


  21. Very nice. Thanks. Hadn’t heard of either of these groups. Warm to the first; less so to the folksy one.

    Somewhat related (or not at all), here’s a trippy video of Mike Oldfield’s “Thou Art in Heaven”…

  22. CWTF

    Try this great mellow proggy folk
    The genre seems to be making a minor comeback…

    I’m partial to people like Devendra Banhart and The Fleet Foxes….

  23. Omar

    Good gawd. “I need” Devandra to take a bath. The tune isn’t bad though. How about this? Sort of Adam Ant meets Nina Hagen, but at least she smells good.

  24. CWTF

    Omar, lets not tell “right” about them smelly hippies singing in their underoos…

  25. jkg

    Happy New Year since I was away playing uncle during the Christmas celebrations. RT, I have the album from Cynic, the band that bazoo suggested. It has some growls to it (a little touch of metal), but it is pretty good.

    Also, as I was catching up on your posts, I couldn’t help but notice that when the trolling partisans flood your site with tiresome and puerile gainsaying, they flippantly wish you a Merry Christmas, which is probably more of an abortive attempt at getting under your skin (which makes absolutely no sense to me, but I have heard the “the best why to tick off a politically correct lefty is to wish them Merry Christmas,” a statement deserving of a massive facepalm).

    Anyway, I hope your holidays are going well; a few more days and we can rid this decade. By the way, since I am a left of center liberal destined for hell, I thought I might mention a tidbit about this decade (which should be included in your economy and war post, but I will add it here): Taking it all in, this decade for equity performance of the stock market will actually give a return of a whopping -10%, compare that with the thirties in which that decade, and this is true, gave a return of + 0.3%. Really puts things into perspective.

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